Anderson Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, talks with PRO MMA about Forrest Griffin fight

It is probably safe to say that 34-year-old UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva is nearing the end of his career. Some have even suggested once he fulfills the four remaining fights on his UFC contract, he may walk away from professional competition.

Now more than ever it is important Anderson fight those opponents which will inspire him. He needs fighters who will push him and test him, and he needs fighters with a big name. Forrest Griffin fits the category perfectly and the two have signed to fight each other at UFC 101 on August 8th.

PRO MMA (promma.info) spoke with Anderson Silva’s manager and translator Ed Soares on Tuesday not only to confirm the match-up but to get their feeling on the fight, how it got put together, what the conversation with Dana White was like, Anderson’s future, and more.

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UFC 97: REDEMPTION – PRO MMA staff picks

Once again the PRO MMA (promma.info) elders make their predictions. The event is UFC 97: REDEMPTION going down this Saturday night, April 18th in Montreal, Canada. The headliner is a UFC Middleweight Title fight between Champion Anderson Silva and Thales Leites. 

Take a look at our predictions, see if you agree or disagree, and let us know why. Submit your picks as well.

Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
Denny Hodge: I don’t think Leites is going to be successful at getting the champ to the ground, to show us his world class ground game. Silva by TKO in Round 2.
Jeff Howard: Silva over Leites-I think Leites has a chance, if he can get Silva down. With that said, Leites’ chin is like glass and he will get crushed trying to take Anderson down.
Eddie Constantine: Silva by TKO RD2 – Silva should be able to overpower Leites, wearing him out as Thales attempts to take Anderson down tiring him out in the process.
Jack Bratcher: Silva wins in round one via (T)KO (strikes) because he can.

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David “The Crow” Loiseau prepares to face Ed Herman at UFC 97 – PRO MMA exclusive interview

David “The Crow” Louiseau is a twenty-nine year old mixed martial arts fighter from Montreal, Canada. He has fought in the TKO, Elite XC, XMMA, and UFC promotions. He is the current XMMA Middleweight Champion and former TKO Middleweight Champion.

Fortunately for Canadian MMA fans, “The Crow” recently signed a new contract with the UFC which will place him not only in Canada, but in front of his home town friends and fans on April 18, 2009 when he takes on Ed “Short Fuse” Herman at UFC 97. It will be “The Crow’s” first fight back in the UFC in nearly three years.  

David was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule to speak to us at PRO MMA (promma.info) today and it was a real honor to talk with one of the sport’s true superstars. 

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Rule change made in order to save UFC 97 in Montreal

UFC 97 has been saved. UFC 97: REDEMPTION, headlined by a middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva (23-4) and Thales Leites (14-1), is set to take place at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada on April 18. However, the Quebec Athletic Commission’s rules regarding mixed martial arts almost forced the UFC to move the event to Las Vegas even after thousands of tickets had been sold.

UFC officials met with the commission on Tuesday, February 17, to try and salvage the event. The original rules of Quebec’s Athletic Commission would make certain techniques that are commonplace in UFC matches illegal. There was no way the world’s premiere mixed martial arts promotion could make such drastic changes as not allowing elbow or knee strikes, which incidentally are two of the main weapons used by the middleweight champion who would be appearing in the main event.

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UFC 95: SANCHEZ vs STEVENSON (video preview)

Here is an in-depth preview of UFC 95 including the main event fight between Diego “The Nightmare” Sanchez and Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. The preview also looks at the Nate Maruardt vs Wilson Gouveia fight. UFC 95 takes place this Saturday in London, England and will air free on SPIKE TV. Please like & share:

Dana White headed to Montreal to try and save UFC 97

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned that the Quebec Athletic Commission has a meeting planned next week with Dana White, in which the UFC President wiill try and save UFC 97. Sources close to the situation indicate both parties would like to try and resolve the issue with an open mind.

We reported to you on Thursday that the athletic commission had intentions to cancel UFC 97 if the UFC did not adapt its regulations to those of Quebec. According to the current rules of the Quebec Athletic Commission a fighter can not strike their opponent with knees or elbows.

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UFC 97 in danger of not happening

UFC 97, featuring a main event Middleweight Title fight between Anderson Silva (23-4, UFC 8-0) and Thales Leites (14-1, UFC 5-1), is set to take place April 17 in Montreal, Canada. Although tickets for UFC 97 went on sale Wednesday and 12,000 are already sold, the event is now in danger of not happening due to a conflict with the rules.

Do you remember UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2? If you do, you are doing better than the Quebec Athletic Commission. They have apparently forgot that in the UFC fighters are allowed to strike with knees and elbows because they are now saying those things are not allowed according to the rules of their athletic commission.

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